Luke 22:38 - It is enough!

Steven Lo Vullo doulos at
Sun Oct 21 20:31:02 EDT 2001

on 10/21/01 2:51 AM, Iver Larsen at iver_larsen at wrote:

> If Jesus had referred to the two swords and had wanted to say that two
> swords were enough, it should have come out in Greek as hIKANA ESTIN (or
> EISIN) - they are enough.

No, he wouldn't necessarily use a plural nominal and verb. If he had wanted
to refer specifically to the two swords he *could* have used a plural
nominal and verb. However, if he had wanted to describe the *circumstance*
of the possesion of two swords, it is perfectly natural that he should use a
neuter singular nominal and singular verb. The elliptical subject may very
well be  a nominal clause: hOTI ECETE MACAIRAS DUO hIKANON ESTIN.

Steven Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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